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November 17, 2012

AUSTRALIA: two greaters in one day

While fishing the famed black marlin grounds off of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the crew on Hot Shot! had a wonderful and unforgettable day. Two huge greater black marlin caught!! One was over 1000 pound and the other well over the 1200 pound.

These two Aussie black marlin represent the 36th and 37th granders caught in this fishing season (2012) on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Capt. Ian  Ford and his deckie Ryan O'Halloran were fishing out of Cairns, in north Australia, when they managed to release two greater black marlins.While this has been done before, it is extremely rare, with only a handful of captains in the world ever accomplishing such a feat.

What we like even more, is this was a husband and wife team of anglers that caught and  released these two beasts. Angler Dave Thompson released the first grander, a fish that the crew called just over the 1000 pound mark.

The second and larger fish was released by Dave's wife Sharon Thompson. The captain called Sharon's fish an estimated 1200 pounds plus! That's one best black marlin of the season!

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